Affordable Healthcare Act http://wkms.org en How Health Insurance Exchanges Are Like Flea Markets http://wkms.org/post/how-health-insurance-exchanges-are-flea-markets Billions of dollars went into creating state marektplaces, and we know about 8 million people signed up. But it's actually still to early to declare success or failure. Tue, 27 May 2014 14:47:20 +0000 Eric Whitney 40854 at http://wkms.org How Health Insurance Exchanges Are Like Flea Markets How Affordable Health Care Act Guidelines Effect Murray Volunteer Clinic http://wkms.org/post/how-affordable-health-care-act-guidelines-effect-murray-volunteer-clinic <p>With the Affordable Health Care Act now in effect, a question has come up as to the future of local volunteer healthcare clinics, like the Angels Community Clinic in Murray, which<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;provides free medical and pharmacy services to residents of Calloway County who work but cannot afford insurance coverage. The clinic's Executive Director Sherry Crittenden&nbsp;visits</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Sounds Good</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;to discuss changes in the guidelines and their continuing service in Murray.</span></p><p> Wed, 21 May 2014 21:12:57 +0000 Kate Lochte 40741 at http://wkms.org How Affordable Health Care Act Guidelines Effect Murray Volunteer Clinic Young Invincibles Vital to Health Insurance Exchanges, But They're Slowly Signing Up http://wkms.org/post/young-invincibles-vital-health-insurance-exchanges-theyre-slowly-signing <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">With the deadline for open enrollment coming in March, the people behind Kentucky’s health insurance exchange </span>kynect<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> are reaching out to an important group of people.</span></p><p>Young Invincibles are those uninsured and between 18 and 30 years old. Wyatt Severs fits in that group. He’s a 30-year-old artist and teacher. Mon, 27 Jan 2014 22:15:00 +0000 Whitney Jones 38267 at http://wkms.org Young Invincibles Vital to Health Insurance Exchanges, But They're Slowly Signing Up Governor Beshear Takes A Bow For Successful Kynect Rollout http://wkms.org/post/governor-beshear-takes-bow-successful-kynect-rollout <p>Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear says the state’s implementation of the federal health care law is one of his administration's top accomplishments in 2013.</p><p>Beshear says his decision to implement the state health care exchange and expand Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act was an effort to address Kentucky’s historically low health rankings.</p><p>"As we do this, and as our people get affordable health coverage, their lives are going to change, the lives of their children are going to change, and over the next generation, we will have here in Kentucky a much healthier population, a much healthier workforce, and therefore a much more productive workforce," says Beshear.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 24 Dec 2013 14:17:00 +0000 Jonathan Meador 37566 at http://wkms.org Governor Beshear Takes A Bow For Successful Kynect Rollout Obama On Health Care Rollout: 'We Screwed It Up' http://wkms.org/post/obama-health-care-rollout-we-screwed-it President Obama, in his final news conference of the year, sought to put the best face on a difficult first year of his second term.<p>Speaking a few hours before he heads to Hawaii for a two-week vacation, Obama is meeting with reporters at the White House.<p>He touted the improving economy, saying 2 million jobs had been added in 2013, with the unemployment rate now at its lowest level in five years.<p>"2014 can be a breakthrough year," he said.<p>Obama said that despite the difficulties with HealthCare.gov, "more than a million people have enrolled for new health care coverage since Oct. Fri, 20 Dec 2013 21:38:37 +0000 Scott Neuman 37522 at http://wkms.org Obama On Health Care Rollout: 'We Screwed It Up' Kynect Shows Strong Growth In Enrollees Since Thanksgiving http://wkms.org/post/kynect-shows-strong-growth-enrollees-thanksgiving <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kentucky’s health insurance&nbsp;exchange&nbsp;is reporting strong gains in new enrollees since Thanksgiving. &nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Governor’s office released statistics late&nbsp;Friday&nbsp;afternoon showing&nbsp;</span>Kynect<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> had added 24,140&nbsp;</span>Kentuckians<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to a list of the newly insured. &nbsp;About 5,400 of those were added in the last week.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">According to </span><a href="http://governor.ky.gov/healthierky/Pages/default.aspx">Kynect's</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://governor.ky.gov/healthierky/Pages/default.aspx"> website</a>, the total number of </span>Kentuckians<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> who have enrolled in a new health insurance plan 84, 422.</span></p><p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 16:46:48 +0000 Jonathan Meador 37373 at http://wkms.org Kynect Shows Strong Growth In Enrollees Since Thanksgiving New Biography Focuses on Eastern Kentucky Health Activist http://wkms.org/post/new-biography-focuses-eastern-kentucky-health-activist <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A longtime Eastern Kentucky health activist is unsure what the federal healthcare overhaul will mean for a clinic she started.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For forty years, Hall’s Mud Creek Clinic in&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Grethel</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a rural community roughly 20 miles from&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Pikeville</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, has weathered hard times.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 21:50:45 +0000 Jonathan Meador 37018 at http://wkms.org New Biography Focuses on Eastern Kentucky Health Activist Governor's Office Reports 137,000 Visitors To Kynect in First Three Days http://wkms.org/post/governors-office-reports-137000-visitors-kynect-first-three-days <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">More than 16-thousand individuals and families in Kentucky have started applications on </span>Kynect<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the state&rsquo;s online health benefit exchange, since it launched&nbsp;</span><a href="http://wkms.org/post/ky-rolls-out-kynect" style="line-height: 1.5;">Tuesday</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>Governor Steve Beshear&rsquo;s office released statistics today detailing the site&#39;s traffic. &nbsp;In under four days, more than 137,000 visitors have clicked on the site.&nbsp; Some 93% of those visitors conducted pre-screenings to determine qualifications for subsidies, discounts or programs like Medicaid. &nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 04 Oct 2013 18:26:54 +0000 Rob Canning 35457 at http://wkms.org Governor's Office Reports 137,000 Visitors To Kynect in First Three Days Vanderbilt Medical Center Cuts Jobs http://wkms.org/post/vanderbilt-medical-center-cuts-jobs <p></p><p>Vanderbilt University Medical Center has cut an unspecified number of jobs across departments at the academic medical center.</p><p>Vanderbilt spokesman John Howser told The Tennessean the cuts were not considered layoffs. Howser said Vanderbilt, one of the city's largest private employers, was taking steps to address workplace performance.</p><p> Thu, 04 Jul 2013 18:35:14 +0000 John Null & The Associated Press 32773 at http://wkms.org Vanderbilt Medical Center Cuts Jobs AHCA Delaying TN Budgets http://wkms.org/post/ahca-delaying-tn-budgets <p></p><p>Henry County Mayor Brent Greer said several county budgets are being delayed because departments are having difficulty adjusting to new policies prompted by the Affordable Health Care Act.</p><p>Greer said the issue stems from departments having to make final rulings on which employees will be considered full time. In Henry County, a 28-hour work week represents full-time status.</p><p> Thu, 16 May 2013 17:29:58 +0000 John Null 31669 at http://wkms.org AHCA Delaying TN Budgets